Live, learn and laugh: That’s Uttlesford explorer’s Antarctic ethos

Henry Evans

Henry Evans - Credit: Archant

Writing a book, setting up a business and chasing a legend on a historical expedition to the Antarctic would be enough for most people in a lifetime. But for intrepid explorer Henry Evans, it is just the tip of the iceberg.

Henry Evans and a copy of his book.

Henry Evans and a copy of his book. - Credit: Archant

In December, the 23-year-old Clavering resident braved temperatures of -35C wind chill during a two-week, two-man 140-mile trek expedition launched to honour the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition.

It was that expedition that claimed the life of famous explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Henry has since been on a new mission to inspire and educate people of all ages across the globe about science and education, with a live-learn-laugh ethos.

Through the company he set up this year, Magnificent Ocean ( he has visited schools in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia. He was recently at international schools in Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

“It has been a whirlwind and a fantastic experience over the past nine months. It has boosted my confidence enormously,” said Henry, who was selected to take part in the International Centenary Expedition after bearing thousands of other entrants in a competition organised by The Daily Telegraph.

“Not many people get the chance to go to Antarctica but I want to bring that experience into the classroom.

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“The aim is to make science more accessible, which is crucial.

“I think the thing missing from education is role models.

“Children are enjoying the talks. I’ve tried to make them interactive and use lots of props – but it’s a learning process and I’m constantly looking for what works.”

If that was not enough, Henry, who is global ambassador of Plymouth University where he studied, has written a book about his amazing experience.

From University to the South Pole documents the journey and includes contributions from a range of experts in the field.

“It’s not an autobiography, more of an expedition handbook that will hopefully inspire to choose to explore our amazing planet.

“Even to inspire people to get outdoors into the garden, to become face to face with nature,” he said.

“Importantly, it also continues to promote the legacy of Captain Scott, the main aim for the International Scott Centenary Expedition.”

And as for the future?

“It’s a question I have been asked a lot,” said the former Newport Free Grammar School pupil. “I have a huge interest in science, education and the media. Possibly arrange my next expedition? Or arrange my own PhD?”

• From University to the South Pole is available to buy as a paperback in black and white on Amazon and also in e-book format. Limited edition signed colour copies are available directly from Henry – contact (£10 + £2.60 postage).